American Diabetes Association Releases “Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S.” Report at Annual Call to Congress Event Urging Legislators to Make Diabetes a National Priority
the American Diabetes Association (ADA) released its new “Economics of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2017” (Economic Costs of Diabetes) report, detailing the fiscal impact of diabetes on American citizens individually and on the nation as a whole. Diabetes is now the most costly chronic illness in the country, with diagnosed diabetes expenses in the U.S. totaling $327 billion in 2017. The data indicate one of every four health care dollars is incurred by someone with diagnosed diabetes, and one of every seven health care dollars is spent directly treating diabetes and its complications. The Economic Costs of Diabetes report’s release kicked off the ADA’s annual Call to Congress advocacy event, with including more than 150 diabetes advocates, researcher and professional football players who held 179 meetings with members of Congress and staff urging them to make diabetes a national priority. Read the full press release here: PR Newswire
Blind Cave Fish May Hold Secret to Treating Diabetes
To learn more about diabetes, a blind fish living in dark Mexican caves might not be the first creature to come to mind. But researchers at Harvard are studying the fat little fish to learn how they may combat the condition in people. These eyeless fish have insatiable appetites and high blood sugar. Scientists are trying to figure out how they’re in such good health. Read the full story here: National Geographic
Optic Imaging to Understand the Healing of Diabetic Wounds
A team from the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology in the USA investigated the healing mechanisms of a novel topical ointment for diabetic wounds that is capable of promoting angiogenesis by inducing local physiological conditions that mimics hypoxia. Angiogenesis has a crucial role in many diseases and physiological responses, including wound healing. The topical treatment that was investigated mimics hypoxia via inhibition of prolyl hydroxylase, a key regulator of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF). Read the full story here: Advanced Science News.
Hydrogel Could Totally Change Treatment of Diabetic Wounds
A hydrogel that can help the body heal may also be particularly good at treating wounds related to diabetes, new research suggests. Tests on diabetic animal models show that the injectable hydrogel significantly accelerates wound healing compared with another hydrogel often used in clinics. The multidomain peptide (MDP) hydrogel known by its amino acid sequence—K2(SL)6K2—has in a recent study proven useful for the timed release of immunotherapy drugs. It has also been shown to encourage healing all by itself. Read the full story here: Futurity
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